Hopes for fam­ily time on the road

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BE­ING able to go with your dad for a ride in the truck is both ed­u­ca­tional and an ad­ven­ture, says Re­becca Sch­midt.

“Let kids ride along, they idolise their par­ents who drive but start to hate the in­dus­try at a young age be­cause they can’t go with dad and dad isn’t home,” she said.

“It’s im­por­tant one-on-one time, it’s an ad­ven­ture and even though they don’t know it at the time it is an ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

“(I) went on many runs with my dad and I so dearly want my kids to be able to have that ex­pe­ri­ence with their father. It breaks his heart to tell them ‘you can’t come be­cause the com­pany says no kids al­lowed’.”

Re­becca shared her opin­ion on Face­book dur­ing a dis­cus­sion about get­ting young peo­ple into truck­ing.

Craig Mase­field-Chips said it was a great way to learn the ins and outs of the job but didn’t think it would be al­lowed to hap­pen again.

Ka­t­rina Ea­gle Jack­son said it wasn’t just about teach­ing them the ropes, but be­ing a dad to their kids. “I got to know my dad on the road as it was the only time I would see him,” she said.

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